Day 8 ~ The Book Thief

Book quote

“I like that every page in every book can have a gem on it. It’s probably what I love most about writing–that words can be used in a way that’s like a child playing in a sandpit, rearranging things, swapping them around. They’re the best moments in a day of writing — when an image appears that you didn’t know would be there when you started work in the morning.”

Often when I am writing, where I start is not where I end. I often feel that while I am writing, something takes over and these words and thoughts pour out in ways I didn’t expect. I look at writing as a part of my soul. So when I write, I am letting my soul express itself in ways it otherwise would have been forced to remain in silence.

~Elizabeth

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Day 7 ~ Northanger Abbey

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“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”

This is exactly how I feel about those I care about. I am not always the easiest at opening up and letting people in, but once I do, I love those in my life whole heartily. There is absolutely nothing I wouldn’t do for them.

~Elizabeth

~Elizabeth

Day 6 ~ All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Kindergarten

“You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.”

I recently became a Kindergarten teacher, so this book spoke to me on a whole new level!

While there were a ton of quotes I liked from this book, this one especially spoke to me.

I think it is powerful enough to not need an explanation, and I felt any words I tried didn’t capture it the way I wanted to.

You may never know how important you were to someone. There have been many people over the years that have shaped much of who I have become, but I can guarantee they have no idea. I do think it is important to be aware of the possible impact you may have on those around you. And since you never know who you may see you as being an important influence, try to be there for everyone around you 🙂

~Elizabeth

Day 5 ~ Just Don’t Fall

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“People who stop laughing are always the ones who get hurt.”

Sometimes I believe the only way I get through much of life, is to laugh through it. In my saddest, darkest moments, if I find a way to laugh, I can feel the hurt disappear. If I fuel my pain with more pain, I feel as if I am sinking further into the hurt. But if I surround myself with things that make me laugh, I know I will be ok. I think this is also why my defense mechanism when others are hurt is to try to make them laugh (even if it is at me!)

As long as I continue to let myself laugh and smile, I believe I will be able to get through all the pain and hurt life has to offer.

~Elizabeth

Day 4 ~ Mark of Athena

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“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.” 

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan is one of my favorite series out there. I love Greek and Roman mythology, and this series creates a modern view of it. What I love most about the series though, are the characters and how well Riordan develops them and their relationships. Similar to Harry Potter, the series starts with the main characters as 12 years olds who go on an epic quest to save the world. As the series progresses, the characters age and mature. (*spolier*)Percy and Annabeth, who start off as reluctant allies form an amazing relationship. It develops beautifully over the course of the series, and in the Mark of Athena you see just how in love these characters are.

This line, I felt, was so very powerful and true for the course of Percy and Annabeth’s relationship. Regardless of the consequences, Percy and Annabeth have always been stronger together than they are apart. This line is said during a part of the book where Percy could choose to save himself, or stay with Annabeth and possibly not survive.

Who wouldn’t want to feel the absolute love of someone who is willing to risk it all for you. Someone who wants to be together with you forever.

~Elizabeth

Day 3 ~ What I Did for Love

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“Grow up and start being happy living in your own skin.”

I have been reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips for over 10 years. While I enjoy romance in a book, I rarely read actual romance novels. But I have read all  of her books (and reread most of them). She has a way of making her characters real and easy to connect to. I was recently rereading ‘What I Did For Love’ and came across this quote. It really connected with me.

I think one of the hardest things is to be happy with who you are. We make excuses, and look for solutions to make us happy. People to make us happy, things to make us happy…and then we wonder why we can’t be happy. No one, no place, and nothing can MAKE us happy. The only person that can truly make us happy, is ourselves. We can surround ourselves with people and things to help us be happy, but in the end we have to look within ourselves to be happy. If we aren’t happy, we have to ask why and make the changes until we are.

I have decided I am ready to grow up, and be happy in my own skin. 🙂

~Elizabeth

Day 2 ~ Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, it all collapses.”

~Warm Bodies

By Issac Marion

I don’t know about anyone else, but like the Zombie R, I often feel the same way. I will have the perfect thing to say in my mind, but when I try to say it out loud, it never translates the same. I have often felt like I have the perfect thought in my head, perfect answer to express, perfect opinion to share, message to relay, but when I open my mouth, it is as if someone removed all intelligence from my head. Especially in more pressuring situations.

I think this is why I prefer writing. I am able to take the time and let my fingers do the talking. They seem to do what my mouth never can 🙂

~Elizabeth